The area is known for the Thomas Cup Men’s Team Badminton Uday Pawar. He partnered with Prakash Padukone in the Thomas Cup 1979 competition in Jakarta (Indonesia), where India returned with a bronze. He hoped that the current doubles pair of Chirag Shetty-Satviksairaj Rankireddy would lift their weight in the Thomas Cup 2022, making the singles experts in the team event aware of the value of the doubles boost.
India’s first gold medal in the history of the Thomas Cup was completed with a timely boost by the Shetty-Reddy doubles doubles and a 3-0 win over the mighty Indonesia (Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikkanth’s single win) to hold on to the title in Bangkok. Shetty is a trainee at Uday Pawar Academy in Suburban Club, Goregaon SC, from the junior rank before going to the national camp as a senior India potential.
Reddy got sensible tips from coach Pawar about the pitfalls of avoiding certain rivals on a global scale. Former Thomas Kapoor organized a 10-day introductory camp at his academy under the auspices of the TOPS scheme by the Sports Ministry, where he worked with Shetty, Reddy, before leaving Mathias Bo, an Olympic doubles medalist from Denmark and India’s coach for doubles. For the 2022 team event.
Tracking the Bangkok competition on live television, he talked about the reasons for India’s best doubles pair performing on cue against big nations (such as Malaysia and Denmark), the value of the presence of Denmark legend Boi and India’s impact as men’s team champion. Exclusive chat with News18. The former doubles partner, Prakash Padukone, also gives his insights (see box):
Confidence is the main quality in Chirag Shetty, Satviksairaj Reddy, first seen in Tokyo 2020 (quarter finals on Olympic debut) and here. What do you attribute to this individually and as a doubles pair?
Fearlessness on the court sets these tall players apart from others. Aggressive on the court, both thrive on learning new things and getting better. Destiny sometimes plays a role in bringing together talented players from different cities (Mumbai and Hyderabad respectively). They both deal with their confidence as they choose to embark on their play activities. Chirag and Satvik are different people with different likes and dislikes, but once in court they instinctively act as one, support each other when things are difficult in / out of court and are usually good friends.
Mathias Boe, the foreign doubles coach in Bangkok, was present during the Thomas Cup. Did it make a difference and why?
Chirag-Satvik had recently lost many close matches, they needed an experienced player on the court during the games to guide them, keep them calm and encourage them. Matthias Bo, has been playing at our academy for five or six years and knows Chirag well. The duo have teamed up in doubles in the Premier Badminton League (Pune 7 Aces team). I have no hesitation in saying that the Indians are playing so consistently now because of Boyne’s presence on the courtside during matches and practice.
The doubles pair played a big role in the 3-0 final (against Indonesia) victory. Have you seen the way Chirag-Satvik performed in the quarter finals, semifinals?
We had a chance in all five matches (against Indonesia). After a good start to the goal, in form at the right time, and then an electrifying doubles victory, the Indonesians felt the shell-shock. The momentum was with India. In the case of the doubles show, the camp under Bo really helped boost their confidence. He remained calm and positive even in tense situations. His best performance is yet to come, we won’t have to wait any longer. Both players are down to earth, disciplined and hungry for more.
Chirag has been flourishing under your eyes since the days of Shetty Academy. It takes time to develop a talent that blends in with nature. Looks like he got it faster than expected….
He has always been a fighter since childhood. In his first Under-13 Nationals, he was pitted against a taller, stronger and older player in singles, but his mother (who was with him) commented that he liked the route because of the way Chirag fought to the end. He struggled hard to the end. He still has that aggressive attitude, is now able to control it, stays calm in stressful situations and keeps the mind alert so that he can take advantage of the match situation.
Produced results for quality foreign coaches, contracts at the right time India in the recent past. PV Indus Tokyo is working with Bronze in 2020, for example Park Tai-Sang (from South Korea). Dan is the second tuning Chirag-Satvik. Your thoughts
Experienced foreign coaches have made a huge difference in the performance of our players. Badminton Association of India, Sports Authority of India, Ministry of Sports must be wholeheartedly supported.
Watching the Thomas Cup 2022 will have your mind set on the days of playing the Thomas Cup. Think if any
Winning the World Team title – Thomas Cup – has changed the fortunes of the country, which it has won in the past. I have no doubt that India will now become a world-beater more and more often. The players of the past are producing a number of talented players. The Federation also needs to recognize our contribution.
Living legend of world badminton, Prakash Padukone believes that we have truly reached the world stage. He attributes the title of Thomas Cup 2022 to the great efforts of the entire team. A statement from him said: “While each player contributed to the success, the most valuable players were our first doubles pair Satviksairaj and Chirag Shetty, who made a big difference in the balance of the team by winning the first doubles, which was our weak link before. “
Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy co-founder and former world number one singles player Padukone adds: “Their victory over Malaysia, Denmark, Indonesia helped ease the burden on our singles players. This is not to rob pride from our singles players, as everyone delivered when it was most important. For the first time, every player has a potential performance that is largely responsible for this marvelous win. “
Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikkanth, Parupalli Kashyap shone for India in singles. Chirag-Satvik’s doubles helped the team draw level in the quarterfinals, semifinals and win the first singles in the final, making Team India history.